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    Later tonight;

    Prom 73: Sir András Schiff performs Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier

    The two volumes of Bach's The Well-Temperd Clavier together represent one of Western music’s greatest achievements. Once described as the ‘Old Testament’ of the keyboard repertoire, these two sequences of 24 Preludes and Fugues – one in every key – represent a wealth of musical invention, ingenuity and delight. A supreme technical challenge for any performer, they also offer an astonishing experience for every listener.
    Eminent Bach specialist Sir András Schiff, whose discography includes Bach’s complete keyboard repertoire, here performs Book I – embarking upon a cycle that he will conclude next year with Book 2.

    Johann Sebastian Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier – Book 1

    András Schiff, piano

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    Almost last night Saturday, can't wait.
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    Last night makes me sad. It means waiting ten months to the next first night.
    In the meantime I suffer withdrawal symptoms.

    As it is, we will not be able to see the last night live on BBC TV as we will be travelling on the night ferry from Harwich, UK to The Netherlands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by distantprommer View Post
    Last night makes me sad. It means waiting ten months to the next first night.
    In the meantime I suffer withdrawal symptoms.

    As it is, we will not be able to see the last night live on BBC TV as we will be travelling on the night ferry from Harwich, UK to The Netherlands.
    That is what I called bad luck.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    That is what I called bad luck.
    Well, I should be able to see it through the iPlayer next week. This is the first time I have missed it as performed live. Bah!
    Travel schedules had precedence and could not be modified.
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    Prom 74: Vienna Philharmonic – Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven

    Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Emanuel Ax join the Vienna Philharmonic for the orchestra’s second concert this season – a programme filled with song and dance.

    Johannes Brahms- Variations on the St Anthony Chorale
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- Piano Concerto No 14 in E flat major, K449
    Ludwig van Beethoven- Symphony No 7 in A major


    Emanuel Ax, piano
    Vienna Philharmonic - Michael Tilson Thomas

    Wagner famously described Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’, and it’s hard to hear the breathless Scherzo or exuberant finale without becoming swept up in the work’s restless energy.
    That energy also invigorates Brahms’s Variations, taking a theme once thought to be by Haydn and transforming it by turns into a graceful sicilienne and a swaying, syncopated dance.
    For Mozart it is song that offers the inspiration for his dramatic Piano Concerto No. 14, with its arching melodies and almost operatic musical dialogues between soloist and orchestra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by distantprommer View Post
    Well, I should be able to see it through the iPlayer next week. This is the first time I have missed it as performed live. Bah!
    Travel schedules had precedence and could not be modified.
    As it happens, I was able to watch the last part of the second half of Proms Last Night on board the ferry to Hoek van Holland. So, maybe I am partially forgiven for missing the Last Night.
    Last edited by distantprommer; Sep-10-2017 at 13:21.

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